Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
13 Oct 2020
6:17 am

Renewable energy key to economic recovery – expert

Brian Sokutu

Independent political analyst Dr Ralph Mathekga said what South Africans should be looking forward to hearing from Ramaphosa was whether there would be 'a new approach in implementing the policy'.

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With South Africa this week awaiting the economic reconstruction and recovery plan to be unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa, an economist has called on government to massively invest in the transition from coal-based energy to renewables. Against a background of a battered economy, worsened by the adverse effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Ramaphosa will on Thursday address the joint sitting of parliament, ahead of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s tabling next week of his medium-term budget policy statement. University of Stellenbosch sustainable development professor Mark Swilling has urged Ramaphosa to deliver “an economic strategy, with a very clear focus that...